A Downeast Health Center is expanding in Machias

Eastport Health Care Inc. expands in Machias with the acquisition of a 10,000 square foot retail building at 160 Dublin St.

Eastport Health Care purchased the property formerly occupied by Dollar Tree from Daniel G. Kamin LLC for $1 million. Ryan Carey of Maine Realty Advisors represented the seller and Mike MacPhee of Due East Real Estate in Eastport represented the buyer in the transaction.

Courtesy / Maine Realty Advisors

A former retail store will become Eastport Health Care Inc.’s new Machias home.

“We looked at a number of options,” Ellen Krajewski, the center’s CEO, told Mainebiz. “That ultimately met our needs.”

Carey said the seller originally tried to lease the property. But due to the expected investments in the expansion, buyers and sellers agree that a sale makes more sense, he said.

“It would have been a major upgrade,” he said.

Dublin Street is the local name for US Route 1, heading north to downtown Machias. The property is opposite a Hannaford supermarket and is clearly visible.

Combining Machias locations

Eastport Health Care is a registered health care center of the Health Resources & Services Administration, an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

A state-qualified health center, it provides medical, dental, and behavioral health care to residents of Washington County and beyond. provides chronic disease management, health education and prevention programs and assistance in connecting patients with community resources; and offers a sliding fee discount program to eligible patients.

The center has locations in Eastport, Machias and Calais.

In February, the center established its second location in Machias when it opened a children’s hospital on the University of Maine’s Machias campus.

The children’s clinic has four patient rooms, including a treatment room. It occupies more than 3,500 square feet on the first floor of Sennett Hall, a residence hall that has been unoccupied on campus since fall 2019.

The center signed a lease with the University of Maine System to locate the new clinic in the building until all of the center’s Machias-based services were ready to move to 160 Dublin St.

The center also has primary care and behavioral health services at 53 Fremont St. in Machias, which will join the Children’s Hospital at 160 Dublin St.

patient influx

The center has outgrown its premises at 53 Fremont St., Krajewski said.

The new site will be an expansion that will accommodate an influx of new pediatric and adult patients, she added.

“We know there are people in Washington County who need a basic service home,” she said. “We are also ready to upgrade our work environment and facilities. We want to retain our staff and our patients and provide the best patient care, which means spaces that are specifically designed to meet the needs of our patients.”

Machias Savings Bank and the Genesis Fund, a financial institution for community development in Braunschweig, financed the new location.

The new location is about twice the size of the other two Machias locations combined.

The project is currently in the design phase with Fraser Associates Architects in Bar Harbor. The goal is to be in the facility within 12 months. Capital expenditures for the expansion are expected to be approximately $2.5 million, including state-of-the-art patient care equipment and materials, external renovations, and internal systems.

The Machias site is expected to recruit additional clinical providers.

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